This picture here is an example of Alopecia Areata. This is a disease in which one percent of the population has. The effect of Alopecia Areata is a patchy loss of hair. This occurs when the white blood cells attack hair molecules, the white blood cells do this because they mistakenly takes tissues on the head are infested with desease. This desease can occur anywhere, where there is hair on the body. There is usually a mild pain or tingliness feeling within the patch of boldness. Any age can develop the disease but it is most commonly seen on younger ages. Alopecia Areata is a cureable disease most of the time in some cases it cannot be cured. It is cured with intralesional steroid injections for
this is an injection of the steroids through a needle on the effected areas every four to six weeks; people choose to use this process if they have more serious effects of the disease. Other options include Rogaine and Steroid lotions which are used for less serious stages of Alopecia Areata. This is an unpredictable disease to where you cannot predict who it will happen to.

Q1: What do the steroid injections do to cure the disease? (D.Kong)
A1: The steroid is directly inserted to the root of the affected hair follicles where the associated inflammatory infiltrate is located this will help the growing of the hair follicles to where it once was stimulated.

Q2: Why can it only be cured in some cases and not others? ( A. Jones)
A1: In some cases Alopecia Areata is too far into the stage of the disease and will not be affected by any treatments that the body takes for the disease.

Q3: Is it possible for the condition just to stop, or does it have to be treated to see any improvement?(A.Martin)
A3: Alopecia Areata can go away and the white blood cells will realize that the hair molecules are healthy and the hair will grow back on its own.

Q4: Why do young people get this desease more often?( G. Wilson)
A4: The younger ages of people are affected more often because the white blood cells are 'new" and have not yet had as much knowledge so to say, the white blood cells then will think that the hair molecules are unhealthy so they will try attacking them and leaving more patches of baldness. The older ages of people have more infected white blood cells from the infection over time so the white blood cells think that this is the right thing to do because they have been doing it for so long and they look at all of those hair mollecules to now be unquestionably diseased.

Q5: What are the serious effects of this disease? (M. Goldberg)
A4: The side effects include a larger loss in hair, a stressfull experience of the disease and loss in hair from any parts of the body other effects of the disease include side effects such as head aches from treatments and skin rashes from treatments.